Sandra Cinto

Brazil 1862

Painting, Drawing

Sandra Cinto
Sandra Cinto
November 25, 2016
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For more than 25 years, Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto has been developing her unique visually rich language that’s pushing the limits of landscape imagery to another level. Throughout the ages, skillful artist has become one of the loudest voices in the versatile world of Brazilian art. Her large-scale artworks powerfully portray the connection between humans and nature but also symbolize the hardships that people have to endure throughout their lives. In her highly detailed drawings, paintings, sculptures and room-filling installations, Sandra Cinto portrays the captivating yet frightening power of natural forces.

To purchase Untitled, Emerald II, 2013 and new work from 2016 series contact the artist in São Paulo
Sandra Cinto – Emerald II, 2013

Sandra Cinto’s Art Education

Sandra Cinto was born in 1968 in Santo Andre in Brazil. She studied visual arts at the Faculdades Integradas Teresa D’Ávila, Santo André, Brazil, and later received fellowships from Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.1 Though she works with a variety of media, the artist is particularly noted for her powerful yet highly lyrical drawings. She uses these drawing as a starting point of her ephemeral body of work that spans between fantasy and reality. The central motif of the majority of both her old and new works is the circle of life embodied in the depictions of a variety of natural elements including deep sea, twinkling stars, or wild rain. The colorful highly dynamic depictions of natural forces simultaneously represent a metaphorical journey trough numerous problems that people have to deal with every day during their lives.

Sandra Cinto ephemeral imagery spans between fantasy and reality

Untitled artworks and a stormy day made in 2012 at Seattle Art Museum, installation view, photo from 2016
Sandra Cinto – Encounter of Waters, 2012

Continuous Explorations of the Water Cycle

The natural phenomena of water cycle is a recurrent element in Sandra Cinto’s works as she believes that “water is essential to our understanding of reality.2 People often forget how important water is for human existence. We are made from it, we cannot live without it and in the times of physical pain or emotional stress, we produce it in the form of teardrops emanating from our eyes. And yet our relationship to it is unusual, to say the least. How we fell about it in many ways depends on where we live and how much money we make. Images of turbulent storms, overlapping sea, rain and striking blue skies intertwine with man-made architecture to create an illusion of ephemerality.

Water cycle is a recurrent element in the works by Sandra Cinto

Untitled artwork from By Chance and Necessity series that also featured a sculpture, at Seattle Art Museum, installation view
Sandra Cinto – Untitled, 2011

Sandra Cinto’s Gigantic Sculptures

Apart from metaphorical paintings and drawings, the artist is also known for her fascinating large-scale sculptures. By Chance and Necessity, one of her most famous sculptural works from the eponymous series, depicts the artist’s extended hand while holding a small puddle. The sculpture contains two symbols that are omnipresent in Sandra Cinto’s works: water and hands. Creating sculptures massive in scales and rich in symbolism is not unusual for the Brazilian artist whose known for fill up entire art venues with gigantic paintings and art installations.

The artist lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.


  1. Anonymous. Sandra Cinto – Artists Tanya Bonakdar Gallery [Novembar 22, 2016]

  2. Cinto S. Statement, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery [Novembar 20, 2016]

Featured image : Sandra Cinto Portrait via
Images courtesy of the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Year Exhibition Title Gallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Sandra Cinto: Two ForcesTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2016Sandra Cinto: Chance and NecessityUniversity of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FLSolo
2016Constelações Afetivas, 10 Anos da Galeria em Lisboa, Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisboa, LisbonGroup
2016Soft Power. Arte Brasil.Kunsthal KAdE, AmersfoortGroup
2016Print Club: 30 YearsMuseu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (mam), São PauloGroup
2016Os Muitos e o Um: Arte Contemporânea BrasileiraInstituto Tomie Ohtake, São PauloGroup
2016Sandra Cinto : A caso e NecessidadeCasa Triângulo, São PauloSolo
2015Sandra CintoCasa Triângulo, São PauloSolo
2015La ColecciónCentroCentro Cibeles, MadridGroup
2015Beleza?Centro Cultural São Paulo, São PauloGroup
2015Desde dentroSan Martín Centro de la Cultura Contemporánea, Las Palmas de Gran CanariaGroup
2015Messages From a New America Bienal do Mercosul, Porto AlegreGroup
2014Duplo OlharColeção Sérgio Carvalho, Paço das Artes, São PauloGroup
2014Casa Triângulo No PivôCasa Triângulo, São PauloGroup
2014La Otra OrillaCentro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran CanariaSolo
2014En SilencioFundación Luis Seoane, A CoruñaSolo
20143 am: wonder, paranoia and the restless nightFerens Art Gallery, Kingston upon HullGroup
2014The Bigger Picture Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
20143am: wonder, paranoia and the restless nightThe Exchange, Penzance, CornwallGroup
2013Mac 50: Doações RecentesMuseu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São PauloGroup
20133am: wonder, paranoia and the restless night,The Bluecoat, LiverpoolBluecoat Gallery, LiverpoolGroup
20133AM: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless NightChapter Gallery, Cardiff, WalesGroup
2013Pausa.Casa Triângulo, São PauloSolo
2013Piece Of SilenceTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2012Abraço 20 anosGaleria Graça Brandão, Lisboa, LisbonGroup
2012Sandra Cinto: One Day, After the RainThe Phillips Collection, Washington, DCSolo
2012Intersections: Sandra Cinto -One Day, After The RainThe Phillips Collection, Washington, DCSolo
2012Encontro das Águas (Encounter of Waters)Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WASolo
2012Albano Afonso e Sandra CintoGaleria Graça Brandão, Porto, PortoGroup
2012Independência ou Morte! Viva o nosso Rei(s)!Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisboa, LisbonGroup
2012ColetivaProgetti, Rio de Janeiro, RJGroup
2012Foreign ExcursionsMcKee Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011After the RainTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2011Colección de Pintura Contemporánea InternacionalFundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza,A Coruña , A CoruñaGroup
2011Time Flies When We're Having FunCasa Triângulo, São PauloGroup
2011We are pleased to invite youCarlos Carvalho, Arte Contemporánea, LisbonGroup
2011Gigante por la propia naturalezaInstitut Valencià d'Art Modern, ValenciaGroup
2011Proyecto IdealCentro Cultural São Paulo, São PauloGroup
2010Ars ItinerisEl Viaje En El Arte Contemporáneo, Sala Amós Salvador, LogroñoGroup
2010Ars ItinerisEl viaje en el arte contemporáneo / Sala Este Alta - ARTIUM - Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz nGroup
2010Recortes De Uma ColeçãoRicardo Camargo Galeria, São PauloGroup
2010Proyecto IdealMAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Universidad de Chile, SantiagoGroup
2009Mar que habita em mim me leva para onde eu nunca fuiCarlos Carvalho,Arte Contemporánea, LisbonSolo
20092nd San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial: Latin America and the CaribbeanInstituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San JuanGroup
2009Antes de ayer y pasado mañana; o lo que puede ser pintura hoyMACUF Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa, A CoruñaGroup
2009nuevas miradasGaleria Fernando Pradilla, MadridGroup
2009Livia Flores & Sandra CintoProgetti, Rio de Janeiro, RJGroup
2008Paper Trail: 15 Brazilian ArtistsAllsopp Contemporary, LondonGroup
2008The difficult journey after GéricaultTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2008O Contrato do DesenhistaPlataforma Revólver, LisbonGroup
2008Albano Afonso & Sandra CintoCasa Triângulo, São PauloGroup
2008TRANSactionsThe University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NCGroup
2008Procedente – MAP: New AcquisitionsMuseu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, MGGroup
2008Poéticas da NaturezaMuseu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São PauloGroup
2008Parangolé: Fragmentos desde los 90 en Brasil, Portugal y EspañaPatio Herreriano, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Español, ValladolidGroup
2008Desenhos estranhos [Uncanny drawings]Porta 33, FunchalGroup
2008TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino ArtThe High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GAGroup
2007SOB O SOL E AS ESTRELASCarlos Carvalho, Arte Contemporánea, LisbonSolo
2007Entre a palavra e a imagemMuseu da Cidade, LisbonGroup
2007TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino ArtMemorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NYGroup
2007Esto no es una bromaMACUF Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa, A CoruñaGroup
2007Three Part Harmony: Definition, Delicacy, and Detail in DrawingCurator's Office, Washington, DCGroup
2007Entre a Palavra e a ImagemCentro Cultural Vila Flor, GuimarãesGroup
2006Sem título, 2006Comodato Eduardo Branddão e Jan Field, MAM, São PauloGroup
2006Mostra Ribeirão Preto 150 AnosMuseu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto, Ribeirão Preto, SPGroup
2006Sandra CintoCasa Triângulo, São PauloSolo
2006Geração da viradaInstituto Tomie Ohtake, São PauloGroup
2006Colección Fotografía MAMInstitut Valencià d'Art Modern, ValenciaGroup
2006TRANSactionsMuseum of Contemporary Art San DiegoGroup
2006Fondos da colección CGAC. Entre o proceso e a formaCentro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de CompostelaGroup
2006Entre la palabra y la imagenFundación Luis Seoane, A CoruñaGroup
2006Clube de Gravura20 Anos,MAM, São PauloGroup
2006Arquivar TormentasCentro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de CompostelaGroup
2006Surrounding Matta ClarkCarlos Carvalho -Arte Contemporánea, LisbonGroup
2005RomanceCristina Guerra Contemporary Art, LisbonGroup
2005ControlledTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
200510 anos de um novo MAMAntologia do acervo, MAM, São PauloGroup
2005Jogo da memóriaMuseu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, RJGroup
2005exposição de subjetividadesItaú Cultural Institute, São PauloGroup
2004Poética do Espaço na Arte BrasileiraMuseu Vale, Vila Velha, ESGroup
2004Fotografia e Escultura no acervo do mam (1995 - 2004 )MAM, São PauloGroup
2004Under the sun and the starsTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2003Esperando unha chamadaCentro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de CompostelaGroup
2003Corporal- Contemporary Women Artists from Latin AmericaFlorida Atlantic University School of the Arts , Boca Raton, FLGroup
2003Il Palazzo delle Libertà - The Palace of FreedomsComplesso Museale di Santa Maria della Scala, SienaGroup
2003Brígida Baltar, Carlos Mélo, Carmela Gross, José Paulo e Sandra CintoMuseu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães, MAMAM, RecifeGroup
2002Sandra CintoCasa Triângulo, São PauloSolo
2002Archivo PonsKoldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San SebastiánGroup
2002NefelibatasMAM, São PauloGroup
2002Caminhos do contemporâneo 1952Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, RJGroup
2002Art in Transition II ­ some kind of dreamContemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, Raleigh, NCGroup
2002Art in Transition II ­, some kind of dreamContemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, Raleigh, NCGroup
2001Sandra CintoTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2001Brasil 500 años, Arte Contemporáneo brasileñoMuseo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos AiresGroup
2001Contemporary Collectors XVIMuseum of Contemporary Art San Diego, MCASD La Jolla, La Jolla, CAGroup
2000Obra NovaMuseu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São PauloGroup
2000Bienal de Pontevedra 2000Bienal de Pontevedra, PontevedraGroup
2000Summer Group ExhibitionPaula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2000Elysian Fields. Une proposition du Purple InstituteCentre Pompidou, Musée National d´Art Moderne, ParisGroup
1999Constructed HappinessTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
19992. Bienal do MercosulBienal do Mercosul, Porto AlegreGroup
1999DrawingsTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, NYGroup